Fall was here in a crisp, clean, way and it was very early in the morning. A car pulled up to where I was staying with my caretaker, Kristi. I could tell something was different about that day but it was a good feeling – I guess you could say love was in the air… so I breathed in deeply.
Next thing I know I’m being gently loaded up into an SUV along with my cart and all my belongings from my Best Friends family in Kanab. Wonder what’s up with this, I questioned for a brief moment. But it felt good and it felt right, so I didn’t question any further.
Pulling away from Kristi’s house I knew something about this car ride was not the same as going with Erin in the golf cart or, Joe in his truck…Yep something was definitely different…there was so much love filling up every space in this car and I knew it felt safe…I thought to myself, this was going to be the beginning of something great.
It was about a nine hour trip from Kanab to Southern California and none of us knew what that might be like – turns out, I rode like a dog on the show circuit aiming for my championship. Mom & dad would stop and offer me a potty break, water, anything I wanted, but all I really wanted was to get back in the car and take this journey home. I knew I was going home.
Since that time, it’s been two years of discovery; recovery and transformation for a dog that others may have deemed unfit to live. It’s been two years of learning what being loved in the deepest sense of the word is… It’s been two years of acceptance, two years of flourishing from an awkward large pup into a healthy vibrant and beautiful dog. No, I still don’t walk AND, I don’t have to… my life, my family knows about acceptance without question. There’s not one single day that goes by that I don’t hear those heartfelt words of, I love you Rhu whispered in my ears. Not one.
I knew that autumn day in October was special… that the breezes of love whispered in the wind right into our hearts and no matter how you spell it; forever homes do “Rhule”. Two years is only the beginning…